One lifeless and three injured after shootings on Skye and in Wester Ross


A person has died on Skye and three others had been injured after a sequence of incidents, some involving a firearm, on Skye and in Wester Ross in west Scotland.

Police Scotland mentioned that they had arrested a 39-year-old man who was one of many casualties after receiving reviews on Wednesday morning {that a} girl, 32, had been significantly injured at a property within the Tarskavaig space of southern Skye.

She was airlifted to Queen Elizabeth college hospital in Glasgow by air ambulance.

About half-hour later, police obtained reviews of an additional incident close by, within the Teangue space, the place a firearm was discharged. Emergency companies arrived on the property to discover a 47-year-old man lifeless on the scene.

Police then raced to a different property close to Dornie on the mainland, after one other gunshot was heard. The power mentioned a male casualty was then flown to Raigmore hospital in Inverness for remedy for severe accidents. One other girl was taken to Broadford neighborhood hospital on Skye.

The 39-year-old man has been arrested in reference to the entire incidents, that are being handled as linked. He was additionally taken to Raigmore hospital by air ambulance.

Police mentioned an investigation into the incidents was being led by its main investigation group. Ch Supt Conrad Trickett, the native commander, mentioned: “Incidents corresponding to this are fortunately extraordinarily uncommon however I perceive that this can have a big impact on the area people in these rural areas.

“I wish to reassure those that we’re treating these incidents as contained, with no wider menace to the general public.

“There might be a big police presence within the space over the approaching days and we might be working with companions to offer help to the area people. I wish to thank individuals for his or her cooperation as our investigation progresses.”

Ian Blackford, the MP for Ross, Skye and Lochaber, and Westminster chief of the Scottish Nationwide social gathering, mentioned: “That is dreadful and surprising information – particularly for a spot like Skye and Lochalsh. I’ve been saved knowledgeable of the occasions and I perceive a firearm and knives had been concerned.

“Firearm rules are there for a motive and there should be a evaluation of this incident to make sure if any classes will be discovered from it.

“I wish to pay tribute to the emergency companies, together with the police and Scottish ambulance service, in addition to the native authority. I perceive the scenario is beneath management.”

The primary reviews mentioned quite a few emergency companies and police autos had descended on the three websites; the Scottish ambulance service mentioned it had dispatched a number of ambulances, a number of air ambulances, a particular operations response group and an emergency medical retrieval service (EMRS) group.

A few dozen police autos, together with an armed response group, and a Police Scotland helicopter had been additionally deployed.

The fishing village of Dornie is greatest often called the location of Eilean Donan, the picturesque citadel which sits on an island on the junction of three sea lochs, near shore on the principle highway to the Skye Bridge and the port city of Kyle of Lochalsh.

Skye councillor John Finlayson described the information as tragic for the neighborhood.

He mentioned: “I understand how close-knit and big-hearted the communities in Skye and Lochalsh are and we are going to come collectively to help one another via this devastating time.

“I wish to thank the emergency companies for all the pieces they’ve performed, and proceed to do and our ideas and prayers are with all of the households which were affected by the occasions of right this moment which have hit everybody in our communities so laborious.”

One other native councillor, Drew Millar, mentioned the firearm incidents “shocked not simply Skye and Lochalsh however your entire Highlands”.

He mentioned Highland council had despatched educated workers to help the affected households.

On behalf of the council, convener Invoice Lobban mentioned: “We might be offering help to the communities and our companions in each means attainable.”

He thanked emergency companies for stopping the assault from spreading additional than it did.

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